Xbox LIVE being discontinued for Original Xbox consoles and games

 

I wanted to let you know that on April 15, 2010 Microsoft will discontinue Xbox LIVE service for original Xbox consoles and games, including Xbox 1 games playable on Xbox 360. Our first step in this process will be to turn off auto-renewals for those members who only use Xbox LIVE on a v1 Xbox. While I can’t comment on the specifics, this change will allow us to continue evolving the LIVE service with new features and experiences that fully harness the power of Xbox 360 and the Xbox LIVE community. We did not make this decision lightly, but after careful consideration and review we realize that this decision will allow us unprecedented flexibility for future features. 

 

Xbox LIVE general manager Marc Whitten (Gamertag Notwen) has posted this letter to the community which provides additional context.

 

The best is yet to come, and we look forward to sharing more details in the near future.

 

 

Comments

  • gingerbeardman

    This sucks. You’re supposed to add incentives rather than take them away!

    I still play Links 2004 (there’s no better golf game) and RalliSport Challenge 2 (not on the backwards compatibility list) on my original Xbox. I’ll have to think twice on whether I pay for a Gold membership next time, after this.

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  • litheon

    BTW, for more details this FAQ provides a few answers to more explicit questions:
    http://forums.xbox.com/31138980/ShowPost.aspx#31138980

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  • twisted poke

    Well, MS definitely has the PR speak down. If this is the only solution than obviously MS is guilty of bad planning. Not surprising however, seeing as how they released a broken console at launch. I don’t play original xbox game online a lot but it was a nice feature to have. I agree with the above poster about twitter and facebook. Believe it or not some of us like to play games. I could give a rat’s ass about twitter and FB. Would have been nice if the time that went in to those could have been used to resolve this situation differently (or update the BC list). I suspect that this will be happening to the 360’s library next gen as well.

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  • DiatomicMaster

    I haven’t played an original Xbox game in years, including Halo 2’s multiplayer, of which I played 2800 games. I suppose this makes sense, but I better see some amazing Xbox Live capabilities because of this. Even if I don’t play Halo 2 anymore, it’s very depressing to comprehend a world where its online play is completely snatched away. That was one of the best, most consistent online gaming experiences of my life and the entire reason I got Xbox Live in the first place.

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  • Gorbachev

    So the 100 person limit on the friends list will be gone on 4/16. Right?

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  • Wiizpig

    You better put a bigger friend list since the “100” limit was due to the Xbox 1, if we are to believe you.

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  • VIGOR MORTIVORE

    lol @ geeks with 100+ friends on their list like that’s improving anything.

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  • Bill 12951

    Of course some people will be angry over this decision, and as Major himself said, it was a hard choice… Honestly though, I never thought this would happen.

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  • wolfzero01

    while this sucks that original XBOX games will no longer be supported, its not as bad as EA shutting down servers for a lot of games that are still being played right now. there were only a few games I really wanted to play, but they never became BC or were on the XBOX Originals (like Beyond Good & Evil). I hope that by doing this you guys are going to add some cool new features, not stuff like Twitter or Facebook

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  • Julio Ernesto

    I think you must to rewrite Halo 2 code and the most popular games for XBOX360. many people likes to play Halo 2.

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  • Quaranj

    Hmmm, went in to get in some Halo 2 action and my maps have been outdated. Trying to update yields the error “Could not download content list. Please try again later.” Does this mean the DLC has already been pulled and that I cannot rumble pit as of today?

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  • metallicorphan

    time to remake Halo 1 and 2 for the 360 kinda like Metroid Prime series and God Of War

    i will take Exclusive games over features to the 360 anyday

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  • Quaranj

    It seems all the XBOX 1 DLC has been pulled. Same error on Battlefront 2.😡

    Please allow Bungie to re-port H2. I know Halo is now IP belonging to MS, so it’s ultimately your decision. Just as I bought my albums on record, then 8 track, then cassette, and then on CD I would be willing to dump down for the new format for my favorites. It’s just not the direction I would have hoped for as we all know how popular the RIAA is these days after years of that same tactic.

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  • Z3

    This is a stupid move. How much could it cost to keep these servers around.

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  • RidinSlow

    I smell announcements Microsoft is preparing for E3 2010. It’s sad that support for the console sank so fast, but it’s also a good thing that Microsoft isn’t going to hold the new system back by trying to keep up with a system they no longer support. Hopefully lessons were learned and the new changes will allow for unprecedented expansion for LIVE on the Xbox 1080.

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  • Doug DeJulio

    Need more information. What does this mean exactly?

    Does it mean no more title updates for original games? Does this mean that if a game required a title update to play on the 360, consoles that don’t have that update installed will never, ever be able to play the game?

    I assume for sure that it means no friend lists, visibility on live, messaging, et cetera from games like Fable and Doom 3. I also assume it means no Live-mediated network multiplayer, like in Doom 3 and Halo 2 (but that LAN games will still work).

    Does this mean that putting KotOR in, we can no longer download Yavin Station after that date? Does it mean if we put in Crimson Skies, we can no longer download the maps after that date?

    I am not worried about the presence features, the multiplayer, the messaging, that stuff. I *am* concerned that I have games I won’t be able to *play* anymore, either because I can’t get title updates or because I can’t get critical DLC (like Yavin Station). So speaking for myself, you know what you could do to really ease the pain of this? Put out a DVD-ROM disk image (like the ones used to update the console if you don’t have network access) that contains all the title updates and DLC we’ll be losing access to. Let us burn those DVDs and pop ’em in to keep installing that, so we can replay old classics in 2012 and beyond.

    If you guys can take a measure like that (or simply confirm that title updates and DLC are *not* a part of what’s going away), I’ll deal. If not, this is starting to look like what Sony did when they stopped selling PS3 units that could play PS2 games.

    (But this does make the XB720 (or whatever comes next) look worse to me. A huge reason I jumped on the XB360 bandwagon was that the network features of the original XBox were supported by the same infrastructure. It gave me confidence that I could get XBox and XBox 360 games and they were an *investment*, and I’d be able to keep playing them even on *future* generations. Turning off the legacy networking means that, going into the next generation of consoles, there’ll be betrayal instead of confidence. This feels like a long-term bait-and-switch. Backwards compat is why I had a PS2 instead of an original XBox, and backwards compat is why I have an XB360 instead of a PS3. We’ll see what happens next time.)

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  • GamingTailor

    R.I.P.

    You’ll be missed.

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  • The Phazer

    “The thing I don’t quite understand is why are so many people enamored by the thought of Microsoft releasing a 360-compatible version of Halo 2? It would seem a little unreasonable for MS to ask me to pay for a new, compatible copy to replace the perfectly good (Limited Edition) one I already paid for that they’re cutting off here.”

    Because if they used the Halo 2 PC version with the achivements and Scarab Gun etc most of us would probably buy it again anyway…

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  • Makavelo

    i really need to play H2 as much as i can before April 15

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  • SnoopDope

    Will the upcoming changes include MAKING XBOX LIVE AVAILABLE FOR MORE COUNTRIES ???

    If not then any other new features are meaningless

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  • My Big Boss

    About time…

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  • ElektroDragon

    Wow… this is not a good move. I bought a 360 at launch but still have an Xbox 1 that I first bought only in January of 2005. I have over 50 games for Xbox 1, many of them not fully played, or barely played. This is terrible!

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  • Quaranj

    @Doug DeJulio Can you try downloading Yavin or a Crimson Skies map? So far all of my XBOX 1 titles seem to have their DLC completely offline today.

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  • NOCTORNUS

    I can see peoples issue with certain xbox 1 games HALO 2 online being THE issue here it seems, but if we were to take that out of the situation… lets say we keep HALO 2 alive somehow, and then drop LIVE for everything else xbox 1 related… would there be such an outcry ? Yes I can see HALO 2 being missed and yes it’s a great game but think of it as being for the greater good. To allow for bigger, better, faster. Most of us here want the 100 friends list cap dropped, think about that, over 100 friends… a few years ago just being online was cool now we want more than 100 friends likned to our gamertag ALONE .. The Operations team were overjoyed when they finally got 100,000 ONLINE users for Xbox Live … Now we are at 23 MILLION users …. just think about that one hundred thousand users that have jumped to 23 MILLION.. WE NEED TO MOVE ON, in a way… WE HAVE NO CHOICE if XBOX LIVE is to flourish as it has done so far at an incredible rate, lets not let our nostalgia and fondness ruin the great potential for the future.. GOD I SOUND LIKE TONY ROBBINS !!!! (WIKI him) … P.S why is the “A” button green when it should have been orange I demand a refund you bunch of….

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  • Quaranj

    @The Phazer: I too would pay for a H2 that was similar to the one for PC if it were available on the 360… Like I posted above, it’s a grumble, but not any more than it was updating my music library from tape to cd.

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